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'Use agriculture to tackle unemployment'

24 January 2013, 10:37

Lagos - A former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr Abiodun Ogunleye, has advised the Federal Government to promote agriculture, through better funding, to tackle unemployment in the country.

Ogunleye gave the advice on Wednesday in Ikorodu in Lagos, at the fourth edition of a free computer training programme organized for youths in the area by a state lawmaker, Mr Sanai Agunbiade.

Ogunleye said that agriculture could be the largest employer of labour in the country, adding that the neglect of the sector by successive governments had contributed to the economic woes currently experienced in the country.

"’When a country that has large scale arable land cannot feed itself, it is a big shame and calls for urgent attention,’’ he said.

The former deputy governor under the Tinubu administration, said that agriculture would have to take the ``centre stage’’ to eventually eradicate poverty in Nigeria.

He commended the lawmaker for the annual programme, which according to him, was to empower youths in Ikorodu and environs.

"It takes a person of vision to come up with this kind of laudable programme. I can emphatically say that S.O.B. has done exceptionally well," he said.

Earlier, Agunbiade (ACN-Ikorodu I), said that he initiated the programme because he now enjoyed some privileges which could not have been possible if he had not been elected by his people.

"A commitment I made is that as long as I represent you as a lawmaker, this programme would continue to be there for the benefit of our people.

"Information technology is dominating the world, so this offers you the opportunity to be well equipped to face modern day challenges," he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of 150 students from Ikorodu will benefit from the free training programme.

Mr Taiwo Hassan, one of the beneficiaries, commended the lawmakers for giving youths in the area the opportunity to acquire skill in computer appreciation.



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